The mortgage industry is becoming increasingly worried that if risk retention language for MBS in a new bill from Sen. Chris Dodd is not clarified, nonbanks could disappear, the nation's megabanks will get even larger, and consumers will have fewer retail choices.

In particular, mortgage bankers fear that a 5% risk retention requirement will apply to all loans, particularly "A" paper credits guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which currently account for 70% of all fundings.

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